Dear Gluten-Eating World,
As a gluten-free dieter trying to survive in a gluten-filled world, I have a few simple requests to make:
- Please don’t tell me a meal is gluten-free if you’re not 100 percent sure that’s the truth. My health depends on me eating gluten-free, and you are putting my health at risk. Please take the time to check with the chef, read labels or just be honest with me that you don’t actually know. I’ll be grateful and gracious, I promise.
- Don’t pressure me into eating or drinking something that isn’t in my best interest. I know you will feel better about drinking that beer if I drink one with you, but indulging in that beer may hurt me for hours if not days after the fact.
- Try not to be offended when I bring my own snacks, appetizers, condiments and meals to events. I’m not insulting your cooking or your hospitality. I’m just trying to make this easier on all of us.
- I know you think eating gluten free is just a silly trend, but that doesn’t mean you’re right. As of May 2016, one in five Americans eats gluten-free. Please don’t insult us. It may turn out that we’re right, and you’ll feel rather foolish when you finally join in (and find out how much better you’ll feel when you do!)
- Let’s agree to respect one another and allow each other to eat what we feel is healthiest without judgment. I’ve chosen to eat gluten-free, and you haven’t, but that doesn’t have to affect our relationship. I won’t tease you for eating the foods you love if you don’t tease me that my muffins are gluten-free, deal? Deal!
With love from your gluten-free friend/relative/patron,
Gluten-free Dieters of the World